Larry W. Usilton, Professor

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Dr. Larry Usilton, the Department’s medievalist, earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees at Mississippi State University.  In 1971 he joined the History faculty at UNCW where, over the past four decades, he has taught a multitude of subjects including Western Civilization, the Ancient Near East, Ancient Greece and Rome, Medieval Civilization, and the History of England.  He has also conducted a number of seminars on specialized topics such as the “Black Death,” “Good Kings and Bad in Medieval England,” “Medieval Universities,” and the “Crusades.” Two graduate students have written theses under his direction.

A member of the Medieval Academy of America and the Royal Historical Society of London,Dr. Usilton’s research focuses primarily on the interaction of church and state in late medieval England. He has written one book, The Kings of Medieval England, c. 560-1485 (Scarecrow Press), and has published a number of articles and chapters in journals and books such as the American Benedictine Review, The Worlds of Medieval Women, Creativity, Influence, and Imagination (West Virginia University Press), and Death, Sickness and Health in Medieval Society and Culture (University of the South Press).  His book reviews can be found in Speculum, Albion, and History: Reviews of New Books, among other journals.

In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Usilton also has a passion for travel.  In 1991 he served as the University’s first Resident Director for the Swansea Study Abroad Program.  This experience led him to create a spring vacation tour for students and others entitled “Medieval Sampler.” The “Sampler” offers participants the opportunity to enjoy the historical delights of the British Isles and Europe. Over a fifteen year period, Dr. Usilton and his travelers have visited castles, cathedrals, battlefields and other historical sites in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France, Spain, Italy and Greece.  If you desire additional information about these tours, please see the program’s website:

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